Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The first internet concert

Here is a real high-tech trivia question: In the last twenty years, tons of bands have broadcast live concerts over the Internet.  But who had the first live Internet concert? Some claim it was the Rolling Stones.  Maybe.  They netcast (remember that word?) twenty minutes of a show on November 18, 1994, at a whopping ten frames per second.  But they were NOT the first. 

The answer seems to be Severe Tire Damage.  Never heard of them?  I’m not surprised—because this group consisted of a bunch of scientists from Apple and Xerox who decided they’d combine their day jobs with music.  Their netcast was in June 1993, almost 18 months earlier.  They were followed a little while later by a band called Deth Specula on August 23, 1994. 

The third band was Sky Cries Mary from Seattle.  Their Internet set was broadcast on November 11, 1994, a full week before the Stones.

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